> Most Czechs do share those views. But Zeman's friendliness towards far right groups and warm relations with Russia and China have split public opinion.
>> But his pro-Western rival, Jiri Drahos, did well and will be a formidable opponent in the run-off in two weeks' time.
The vote is seen as a referendum on Zeman, who's been in power since 2013. He has criticized immigration from Muslim countries, as well as Germany's welcome to migrants.>>
With nearly all votes counted, Zeman led on around 38%, while Drahos was on 26%. So a run-off must go ahead, and it looks close. Four candidates who fell behind have now endorsed Drahos. Czech presidents have limited powers, but they're pivotal in forming governments and tend to wield strong influence over public debate.